ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities have released the official cause of death of south Louisiana serial killer Derrick Todd Lee.
The West Feliciana Parish Coroner's Office confirmed Wednesday morning that the results of an autopsy showed Lee died of heart disease.
Pam Laborde, spokeswoman with the Louisiana Department of Safety and Corrections, said Lee died on January 21 shortly before 9 a.m. while being treated at a hospital.
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Lee, 47, was linked through DNA to the deaths of multiple women. He was convicted in two of those deaths.
In 2004, he was sentenced to death in the 2002 first-degree murder of Charlotte Murray Pace, 22, of Baton Rouge. She was a graduate student at LSU at the time of her death.
Lee was also convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in the January 2002 killing of Geralyn DeSoto.
Lee is suspected of killing seven women between 1998 and 2003.
The other murders include Pam Kinamore, Gina Wilson Green, Carrie Lynn Yoder and Trineisha Dene' Colomb. Prosecutors believe Lee also killed Randi Mebruer from Zachary.
Lee had been in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola since Oct. 14, 2004.